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In this literary work by James Rachels the author is fighting to make his opinion believed rather than give an unbiased article He is arguing about the differences between active and passive euthanasia The author makes references to several stories to try and sway the reader to believe that the best thing to do in cases where people want to die is to go ahead and perform assisted suicide He states that If one simply withholds treatment it may take the patient longer to die and so he may suffer more than he would if more direct action were taken and a lethal injection given Then towards the end of the article Rachels says If a doctor lets a patient die for humane reasons he is in the same moral position as if he had given the patient a lethal injections for humane reasons He switches his stance from saying its better to give then patient a lethal injection then turns around and says there is no moral difference between giving the injection and watching the patient die He does also point out that most people prefer passive euthanasia when compared to someone actively helping someone die He seems to state by the last paragraph that his final opinion is that there is no moral difference between active and passive euthanasia The thesis idea is that the author states his belief several times throughout the article and that is that there is no moral difference between killing someone and letting them die There is a huge difference between the two but the bottom line is that active euthanasia and passive euthanasia are different from a legal standpoint The first is considered murder however the second is not Rachels switches modes and states that active euthanasia would be kinder than passive because the patient might suffer more if there was no medication given at all He never makes a stand on what he would do in
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